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Bibil Identifier bibil:203622
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Hated Wife in Deuteronomic Law
Author Wells, Bruce
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 60, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 131-146 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In Deut 21:15-17, a father is required to grant the birthright to his biologically oldest son, when he has both a loved wife and a hated wife, and when the oldest son is the son of the hated wife. A common interpretation of this text is that it seeks to prevent fathers in general from demoting an eldest son and granting the birthright to a younger son. By contrast, this article argues that the text assumes that fathers had the right to demote their eldest and that they would continue to have this right. It suggests that the hated wife is one who has been arbitrarily demoted by her husband to a lower status within the household. Because of this action on the part of the husband, the text requires him to forfeit his right also to demote this woman's son arbitrarily, a right he would otherwise have retained.
DOI 10.1163/004249310X12585232748181
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Fistborn
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Firstborn
Pericopes Deuteronomy 21,15-21,17
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